Careless and carefree, the son and daughter of English parents live a happy, impoverished life in Naples until the arrival of a British family brings them an awareness of class difference and Victorian sensibilities. What must have seemed very clear and tragic to contemporaries of Macauley, appears overly subtle and unwonted to modern American eyes, so the novel, while full of well-executed description and fine characterization, doesn't go anywhere. The siblings are left a little sadder and wiser, but still together; the interfering family not much affected, and the reader let down.
Don't miss this one, sf lovers! One of the most influential science-fiction stories in the genre, Stanley G. Weinbaum's delightful "A Martian Odyssey" remains highly readable. Unlike many pre-Golden Age works, "A Martian Odyssey" holds up beautifully. A fun read, the story moves along briskly, and Weinbaum's breezy style is surprisingly fresh add modern.
The picturesNASA's Mars Odyssey and other unmanned explorers of Mars may have superseded Weinbaum's 1934 speculations, but only the most narrow-minded of readers will fault the story for depicting a different Mars from the one revealed later. The rest of us are wishing that the real Mars more closely resembled Weinbaum's!
After rescue by comrades on the first Terran ship to land on the Red Planet, astronaut Dick Jarvis, describes the trek he made across Mars after his exploratory vehicle failed, and his encounter with Tweel, a friendly and intelligent but inscrutable Martian. Weinbaum's avoids exposition by making, but for a few interjections from his colleagues, Jarvis's narration form the whole of the story, but even so it's a bit talky -- a minor flaw.
The first alien in sf to be more than a prop, Tweel forms a milestone in the genre's development, and if you want to claim a thorough grounding in the field, "A Martian Odyssey" should be on your list of must-reads. Even if you don't, you should read this, because it's a great story. Enjoy!
A beautifully written, bittersweet story of the love between an old sea captain and the shipwrecked baby girl he rescued and reared alone on a lighthouse island.
One of the first murder mysteries to be a U.S. bestseller, this absorbing novel offers a complex, twisting plot, with many secrets not uncovered till the very end. Its biggest drawback is the conclusion, which comes as something of an anticlimax after the buildup to it.
Lawrence Blakely, an attorney carrying important papers, stumbles on a murder aboard a train; meanwhile his bag containing the documents has been stolen, along with his clothes, and he's being accused of the killing when the train is wrecked. He and a mysterious young woman may be the car's only survivors. Told with humor and suspense, it shows why Rinehart was so popular.